Building DIY Stone Steps and Other Garden Progress – week 4

Building DIY Stone Steps and Other Garden Progress – week 4

This was another week of doing a little bit of this and that in the garden. It’s funny working on a bunch of things at once because it feels like small accomplishments, but when I look at the end results I’m impressed with the progress! The upcoming weeks before the One Room Challenge comes to a close are going to be more specific. I’m going to get the electrical set up this coming week for the new landscape lighting and work on my new front steps too. Those aren’t small tasks at all! They will be super time consuming and both are project I haven’t done before. I’m nervous and excited.

I put a poll on instagram this week asking if anyone could guess what project I was working on. No one guessed correctly! But the mystery project is now revealed: I build stone steps to mitigate the elevation change from the sidewalk to the ground level of the house! I will still be building the wood stairs that lead down from the porch to the ground, but this was the first step in creating the new entrance to my home and I am so excited!

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Progress in the Garden, ORC – week 3

Progress in the Garden, ORC – week 3

This has been an interesting week in the garden. I feel like I’ve done a lot… but also not very much? I think the work I have done is a lot less backbreaking, so perhaps I’m literally feeling a difference in my body. I’m not as sore! I think its a transition time for the garden too. The early spring flowers are fading, but the summer flowers aren’t quite up yet. It’s been cool again too. I’m hoping in the next week, when we have some glorious sun and temps in the 80s, the garden will start popping again!

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Weeding and Transplanting in the Front Yard for my Cottage Garden, ORC – week 2

Weeding and Transplanting in the Front Yard for my Cottage Garden, ORC – week 2

Oh boy, this is one post, but so many hours and days and weekends of work! I feel like I’ve been weeding this garden for 6 months and gooooodness I am freakin’ exhausted. I started doing a thorough weeding of the garden back in December shortly after I had a giant pile of wood chips delivered from a local tree trimmer. I tried to get all the roots so the weeds would stay gone. I thought I’d be done in a weekend, maybe two if I didn’t work too many hours. Boy was that a huge underestimate. I worked in the yard at least one day almost every weekend for the next 2.5 months. I’d weed a section and then sheet mulch it. Then I’d move on to the next area. Some spots were fairly quick, but some were packed with teensy tiny bulbs that I knew would be able to push through the mulch in the springs. I was sifting the dirt some days to get all those tiny 1/4″ bulbs. Ugh. It was endless! And the worst part? I’m still working on it. Sure, now I’m doing other things in the garden too, but I never actually finished weeding everywhere!

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My dream English-Inspired Cottage Garden and Vegetable Garden plans for the ORC – week 1

My dream English-Inspired Cottage Garden  and Vegetable Garden plans for the ORC – week 1

Ahhhh!!! I cannot wait to share this with y’all! I’ve been dreaming and planning this project for so, so long! To prepare I’ve been out in the garden as much as possible for months weeding and weeding and weeding some more. It’s been exhausting, but so exciting to see the fruits of my labor come to life.

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Spring Home Tour: Dining Room Styling and Updates

Spring Home Tour: Dining Room Styling and Updates

Hey there! How are you guys doing right now? Things out there are crazy and I’ve been trying to move past it and live my life, but boy are there changes happening every day. But, this post isn’t about that. This post is about returning to normal and thinking about everyday things!

I’m participating in something super fun today, that I’ve never done before — a spring home tour with lots of other lovely ladies. If you’re new to Land of Laurel: welcome, and come dive in!

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A Lovely Little Oakland Hills Cottage Packed Full of Inspiration

A Lovely Little Oakland Hills Cottage Packed Full of Inspiration

My Aunt Chrisy’s cottage has inspired me since I was a small child. Nestled in the busy city of Oakland, but tucked into the hillside it feels entirely private in its urban setting and I am in love with this sweet home! My aunt worked in the art world in her twenties and thirties and gathered a collection of painting and antiques that would make anyone envious. Her home gives me Kate Winslet’s cottage in the Holiday meets House Beautiful’s Bee Cottage vibes and I am majorly into it. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

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Office Inspiration

Office Inspiration

This summer I realized I needed a true office space to get stuff done. I’ve been working at the dining room table, on the sofa, and in my bed for 20 years. It was time for a true space to go into to actually get work done without distraction. By work I mean everything from writing this blog to paying taxes to actually opening my mail to freelance interior design work to working from home on my full time job. You know, the big things and the little things.

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How to Build a DIY Shelf With Copper Hanging Bar

How to Build a DIY Shelf With Copper Hanging Bar

One of my favorite corners of my newly refreshed kitchen is this awkward little one in the corner! Before my kitchen renovation the corner was looking really rough with chaotic 70’s wallpaper, a musty cabinet, and flaking vinyl floors. The stove needed to go below the windows in the appliance outlet and I planned to add cabinets on either side. But you know this already!

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